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Media, Society and Digital Citizenship


UC dedicated to society, media and digital citizenhip


Media and Information Literacy and Digital Citizenship

Level of Qualification|Semesters|ECTS

| Semestral | 7

Year | Type of course unit | Language

1 |Mandatory |Português



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Media, networks and society 1.1 Digital network, user and interpersonal communication 1.2 Social networks, collective action, connective action and dynamics of participation 1.3 Diversity and citizenship in the digital age 2. Digital Citizenship conceptualizations 3. Actors and frameworks 3.1 Multinational frameworks 3.2 National frameworks 4. Existing ¿Sensible Practices¿ 4.1 Strengths and weaknesses 4.2 Engagement and motivation 5. Towards Digital Citizenship Competencies 5.1 Three Domains: being online; online wellbeing; rights online 5.2. 10 dimensions: Access and Inclusion; Learning and Creativity; Media and Information Literacy; Ethics and Empathy; Health and Wellbeing; e-Presence and Communications; Active Participation; Rights and Responsibilities; Privacy and Security; Consumer Awareness; 6. Research and Emerging trends 6.1 Getting access to the huge amount of experiences across Europe 6.2 Various forms of participation 


1. Understanding the importance of digital media and the Internet in the exercise of citizenship 2. Understanding digital citizenship and its relationship with media and information literacy 3. To know the main actors, policies and models of development of digital citizenship 4. Knowing "sensible" practices or good practices that take into account the context (the social problem, the cultural and economic environment) in articulation with the societal aims 5. To know paradigms / theories that best fit the teaching / learning of digital citizenship competences 6. Being able to design strategies and programs that contribute to the development of digital citizenship skills 7. Being able to design research projects that contribute to the development of digital citizenship education 

Teaching methodologies and assessment

In this curricular unit the expository method is used for the introduction of concepts, but also the demonstrative (through use of images, videos and applications). Demonstrative and active methods (through the execution of works) will also be used. The evaluation is continuous and consists of an individual project and group projects. Evaluation: - Design of a digital citizenship project with oral presentation and discussion (50%) - Group work: critical recension, presentation and disucussion and participation (50%) 


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